Ask the Cock


This project was commissioned by Rita Botelho, the founder of “Design à Mão”, a Portuguese design platform that works as a meeting point between Portuguese craftsmen and designers all over the world.
The starting point was how weather impacts our daily life, affecting our mood. As a reflection, I proposed ‘Ask the Cock’ an ode to an object that always fascinated me: the traditional Portuguese meteorological cock.
This coatrack/umbrella port, aims to avoid the typical question ‘How’s the weather today?' Before leaving the house, the user just needs to check the color on the cock and dress accordingly - The cock is impregnated in cobalt chloride which changes color according to humidity, so when the cock is blue the sky is clear while if it changes to pink, the possibility of raining is really high.

Special thanks to Rita Botelho and Show me Gallery.